Back to the Land
BY NICK WALLACE
@ VOL 14
ON JUN 13, 2013
With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.
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Matt is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Clive. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Iowa State University, with a focus in City Management. He first came across Pecha Kucha Night due to his previous job working for the City of Ankeny. The Ankeny City Manager sent Matt and another staff person to the Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, KY in April 2010. During the Summit Matt was exposed to the Lexington chapter of Pecha Kucha Night and instantly fell in love with the format and medium for talking about things people are passionate about. On the way home from the Summit he was thinking about ways to bring PKN to Des Moines and immediately identified the Des Moines Social Club as the best venue for event. From there he was introduced to Sarah and the rest is history.... Matt sees PKN as a great way to learn new things and create a sense of community that makes the Des Moines Metro a great place to live. He is excited to help bring the first PKN to Iowa and looks forward to talking to you about sharing your passion by presenting!
Sarah is the Talent Development Business Partner for ARAG, a leader in legal insurance and an adjunct professor at Drake University. She has a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. It was in her time at Drake when she became introduced to the Pecha Kucha format for a final class presentation. She was immediately hooked and began researching PechaKucha events. Upon reaching out to the Des Moines Social Club to host this event, she was put in contact with Matt McQuillen and now they have organized 13 events over the past three years. In addition to her day job focused on helping leaders and teams fulfill their potential, she is actively involved in the Des Moines Performing Arts community. She has performed improvisation with CXP, Des Moines Premier Improvisation troupe, for the last 10 years. And can be found leading workshops combining her passion of the arts with the art of business. Sarah, a self professed "inspiration junkie", is so proud of how Des Moines has embraced PechaKucha Nights.